Common Reasons to See a Physical Therapist

Common Reasons to See a Physical Therapist

Many people believe that physical therapy is designed only to rehabilitate the physical health of medical patients after surgery or an accident. Though physical therapy does greatly help patients in these and similar situations, it is also commonly used as a preventative measure against future injury, especially for people who are especially active or experience any sort of chronic pain.

There are a few common reasons why people seek the treatment of a physical therapist, including:

Poor mobility. Limited mobility of your muscles, joints, or rotator cuffs is a clear sign that physical therapy is needed. Many people lose mobility after injuries or surgery, but mobility can also be affected over time by everyday activities, especially if you work a physically strenuous job or play sports often. A physical therapist can coax your affected areas back to full or at least partial mobility, depending on the level of injury.

Surgery recovery. After a surgery, the primary goal of your physical therapist is to help you return to the quality of life you enjoyed before the surgery, or even surpass it. This includes strength building as well as balance and flexibility work.

Chronic pain. Different types of chronic pain affect people from all walks of life, and any pain you may experience is typically rooted in the way you spend most of your time. If you work at a desk, you may notice pain in your neck, lower back, arms, or hands. Arm and hand pain are especially important to look out for as they could be early symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Jobs requiring physical labor can also cause chronic pain due to the overuse of muscles or improper lifting techniques. Physical therapy can help to ease chronic pain while instilling healthier habits to avoid future injury.

Sports injury. Anyone can be susceptible to sports injuries, from the pro athlete to the amateur fitness lover. Physical therapy is used to treat all kinds of sports-related injuries like sprains, dislocations, knee or elbow pain, and muscle tears (after a primary care physician has performed any required surgery, of course).

If you’ve been treated for a traumatic injury or have undergone surgery, chances are your primary care physician has already recommended physical therapy. However, if you’re living with chronic pain or decreased mobility, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor if physical therapy may be right for you.

At Cyti Clinics, we’re proud to offer top-of-the-line physical therapy for a variety of needs. For more information, contact us today at:

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